A New Age for Sino-French Relations-- Beijing Review
The French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development made an official visit to China to discuss a range of particularly important. China–France relations, also known as Sino-French relations or Franco-Chinese relations, refers to the interstate relations between China and France (Kingdom. The French-Chinese relationship was raised to the level of “global strategic partnership” in Strategic dialogue (last session on
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In a speech delivered to an audience of academics, students and businesspeople during his stay in the city, the French president said Europe should take part in the Belt and Road Initiative and thus share in the benefits of a global trade network with China, evocative of the ancient routes of commerce which once connected Xi'an to Europe and beyond.
In a certain sense, the opening scene of Macron's trip to China set the tone for the later acts of his state visit, which made clear France's willingness to play the leading role in promoting Sino-European cooperation. Facing east Macron's China policy has been gaining momentum since he took office and during his campaign the presidential hopeful promised to further the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and France.
On many occasions since becoming president too, Macron has expressed willingness to enhance coordination with China on international affairs. In their meeting at the G20 Summit in Hamburg last July, President Xi held talks with Macron, during which the two statesmen expressed their commitment to strengthening cooperation on both bilateral and multilateral issues.
During the latter half offrequent high-level visits were held between the two nations. The French foreign minister, finance minister and advisor to the president all visited China in quick succession while China sent Vice Premier Ma Kai as a special envoy of President Xi to France to attend the international climate summit hosted in Paris, reflecting the dynamic and free-flowing interaction which has come to characterize Sino-French bilateral ties.
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According to Zhang Lihua, a professor of French studies at Tsinghua University, the amity between China and France arises from the common interest and far-reaching consensus of the two countries on many issues and in many fields in light of the current international situation.
They also advocate safeguarding a multilateral international system with the UN at its core, strengthening the role of the G20 in global economic governance and maintaining a free and open global trading and investment system as well," Zhang Lihua said in an interview with Beijing Review.
Against the backdrop of prevailing populism and anti-globalization in many regions of the world, China and France's further embracing of each other is a both necessary and sensible move, said Zhang Lihua. She added that China and France both ardently support the goals of recent world climate conferences in the field of environmental protection.
As one of the most decisive parties concerning the global climate issue, China's cooperation is particularly important for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Despite Macron's efforts to prevent U. President Donald Trump from withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, he was ultimately unable to change Trump's mind.
In contrast, China has been forthcoming in sticking to commitments regarding the issue and joining forces with other parties to address the challenge of climate change.
Last December, with mutual support from each other, China and France sought to promote the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change during the Paris international climate summit. As a young and ambitious leader, Macron believes he has the power to reshape the role played by France in world affairs, and wants to transform the country's image during his tenure.
He has not only proposed reforms which aim to rejuvenate the European Union EU and enhance France's leadership in Europe, but is also widely expected to revive France's status as a major global power. Zhang Ji, a researcher with Fudan University, believes that in light of Britain's impending departure from the EU, Trump's inward-looking policies and Germany's current domestic political dilemma, Macron hopes for France to not only retake the mantle of leader in European affairs, but also play a critical role in developing broader Sino-European relations.
While maintaining the amicable partnership with China characteristic of previous French administrations, it seems that Macron also wants to go a step further.
Feng of the CICIR believes that in the present global context, no matter whether Macron is attempting to push forward domestic reform or improve France's status in the international arena, enhancing Sino-French cooperation is of great strategic importance for achieving the goals of his administration. Their cooperation will also contribute to the advancement of the Belt and Road Initiative, Feng added.
Strategic cooperation Unlike Britain and Germany, France was in fact not one of the European countries to have shown an interest in the Belt and Road Initiative when it was first proposed in The Macron administration, however, has brought with it a new approach to the French leadership.
During his first telephone conversation with President Xi after winning the presidential election in May last year, Macron expressed his willingness to cooperate with China under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. Last November, the inaugural Paris Forum on the Belt and Road was convened in the French capital, becoming the first major platform for dialogue on the initiative in Europe.
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In his Xi'an speech, the French president said of the Belt and Road Initiative that "it represents a real opportunity to create bridges, through exchange, between countries and civilizations, just as the ancient silk routes once did," adding that he thinks "it's very important that Europe and China strengthen their collaboration on the initiative.
France is ready to play a leading role in this. The Belt and Road Initiative will bring more opportunities for such cooperation between the two. Besides his remarks in Xi'an imploring European countries to join the Belt and Road Initiative, Macron also stressed during his meeting with Xi in Beijing that the plan is of global significance and reiterated France's wish to play an active role.
Macron added that he hopes his visit to China can help to promote exchange and dialogue between the two countries in every field. Xi also called for the two countries to integrate their development strategies and seize new opportunities created by the Belt and Road Initiative. The two leaders agreed to enhance cooperation on climate, counter-terrorism and other issues as their respective nations assume more global responsibilities.
In addition to the strategic consensus reached between the two countries during Macron's China visit, the trip also witnessed the signing of billions of dollars' worth of economic cooperation deals in energy, telecoms, aerospace and other industries.
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In the course of the event, Macron remarked on China's advantages for AI, due to its huge market. After the invasion of France inalthough the newly-formed Vichy France was an ally of Germany, it continued to recognize the Kuomintang government of Chiang Kai-shek —which had to flee to Chongqing in the Chinese interior after the fall of Nanjing in —rather than the Japanese-sponsored Reorganized National Government of China under Wang Jingwei.
French diplomats in China remained accredited to the government in Chongqing. Almost immediately after the last Japanese occupation troops had left the territory in late September, representatives of the French and the Chinese governments went to Fort-Bayard to proceed to the transfer of authority; the French flag was lowered for the last time on 20 November Instead, France maintained relations with the Republic of China on Taiwan.
However, by France and the PRC had re-established ambassadorial level diplomatic relations. Post-Cold War[ edit ] This state of relations would not last, however. France sold weapons to Taiwan, angering the Beijing government. This resulted in the temporary closure of the French Consulate-General in Guangzhou. France eventually agreed to prohibit local companies from selling arms to Taiwan, and diplomatic relations resumed in Since then, the two countries have exchanged a number of state visits.